Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Shana Tova!

It is finally Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year)! The holiday every Israeli waits for, because it means that a whole month of holidays is beginning (Rosh Hashana is followed by 3 other holidays each occurring about a week apart). In other words, the country will be filled with delicious smells of holiday foods cooking, happy people walking in the streets heading over to family and friends’ houses for a feast, lots of good spirit, lots of time off of work and school, and for many, also, a chance to go on vacation!

I love the holidays, but I am loving them even more in Israel because here you really feel the holiday! It feels like Christmas in Canada, when every person is cheerful, and a large portion of the country is celebrating together, making the holiday even more meaningful. It’s nice to understand what people celebrating Christmas feel like…I am always so jealous that they get to share their Christmas spirit with others. The Jewish holidays sometimes feel lonely, since people continue their daily lives around me. It’s nice that, this year, so many people understand my excitement.

Since it is a tradition to eat apples dipped in honey on the New Year (in hopes that we will have a sweet New Year), yummy honey cakes are sold everywhere. When I was at the Jerusalem shuk (the flea market) the day before Rosh Hashana eve hundreds of shoppers were there…it was worse than it is before Shabbat! (the Jewish Sabbath). I could not move, and the cart I put my groceries in kept on running over people’s feet! But all around people were smiling, wishing each other a “Shana Tova” (Happy New Year).

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